Protect captive elephants like Moti - Don't let his death be for nothing.

Protect captive elephants like Moti - Don't let his death be for nothing.

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Petition to
Environment Minister, Project Elephant and ADG Wildlife

Why this petition matters

Started by Wildlife SOS

The government must take action to protect all captive elephants in India by requiring bi-annual inspections and veterinary certificates of health. Please sign this petition to speak for other elephants like Moti who don’t have a voice.

Moti's death was preventable. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that Moti was only 35 years old.

Moti’s physical condition at the time his legs gave out was shocking. It didn’t need an expert to spot that Moti needed urgent and timely medical attention - or that the delay in addressing his medical situation compounded by severe lack of skilled veterinary care led to a very painful end for this young elephant.

In Indian law, the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 clearly states that the Chief Wildlife Warden of each state has to satisfy himself / herself about the capability of private elephant owners to care for the elephant that they have an ownership certificate for. This includes the ability of the owner to providing housing, shelter, nutrition and veterinary care.  

This is a great law and very progressive, but when such a law is not enforced and implemented on the ground, elephants get neglected and put in painful and abusive situations.

India’s national treasures - our precious elephants face neglect and painful deterioration of their health due to lack of proper care.  Moti is one stark example of what lack of care can do to a healthy young elephant.

We respectfully request that the Environment Minister, Project Elephant and ADG Wildlife take action to protect all elephants currently in captivity by reemphasizing that:

  • All Chief Wildlife Wardens to carry out physical verification of all private elephants and their owners twice a year and assess their capability to care for and maintain their elephants in good health. 
  • Require bi-annual veterinary certificates of health from  veterinarians who are authorised by Chief Wildlife Warden and experienced in the care of elephants and wildlife to be provided to the Forest Department in order to maintain ownership rights.

Wildlife SOS is willing to do its part.  We are willing to commit to conducting free training camps and workshops on elephant care and evaluation at our facilities to expand the number of veterinarians and medical access for elephant owners.

We must prevent the suffering of our beloved elephants who mean so much to India and the world.

We ask that you put out a travel advisory notifying citizens of the plight of the Asian Elephant and what they need to do to do their part to protect this species. 

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